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The Begin Symposium Webinar Series

Links to webinar recordings for past webinars will replace registration links below

December 30, 2020 - 1:30p EST

Understanding Menachem Begin: The Man, The Leader, & His Values

Malcolm Hoenlein & Dan Meridor

Our presenters will be discussing how Menachem Begin's principles and values contributed to Israeli peace and security. They will also analyze the significance of Begin's prime ministership for Diaspora Jewry and why he is a great example of Jewish leadership.


January 13, 2021 - 1:30p EST

Kibbutz Galuyot - "Ingathering of the exiles" 

The Immigration of Soviet Jewry

Natan Sharansky & Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt

Join our presenters for a discussion related to Menachem Begin's advocacy related to the release of Natan Sharansky from Soviet prison. The Russian emigration to Israel has played an important role in the growth of the State. Sharansky is known for being the most prominent of Russian Refusniks who wanted to emigrate to Israel.

January 27, 2021 - 1:30p EST

Tu Bishvat: Water Technology & Israel's Global Impact

Bernard Hasten, Dr. Clive Lipchin, Yarum Locker

Begin believed in capitalism, where individuals in the private sector had ideas to generate new businesses and compete in the global market. Today, Israel is known for many advancements in science and technology. Our experts will be discussing modern water technology and how Israel is playing a role in both conservation and economic development. They will also be discussing water’s important role in international relationships. 


February 17, 2021 - 1:30p EST

The Begin Doctrine

Yaakov Katz, Herzl Makov & Paul Gross

Marking Menachem Begin’s Yahrzeit with a webinar about one of the most significant parts of his legacy. President of the Begin Center Herzl Makov will discuss the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981, and how it represented Begin’s absolute commitment to the defense of Israel and the Jewish people, and his determination that no country with the declared aim of destroying Israel would be permitted to attain the means to do so. Our second guest, Yaakov Katz is editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and author of Shadow Strike, the definitive account of Israel’s implementation of the Begin Doctrine in 2007: the discovery and destruction of Syria’s secret nuclear reactor.

February 24, 2021 - 12:00pm EST

Conflict Resolution: The Theory, the Practice, and Lessons for the Future

Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Art Hinshaw, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Lela Love

Our panel of experts will utilize their time to have a frank discussion about conflict resolution. Peace agreements and negotiations can be hard to navigate whether current or historical. Join our presenters as they bring their perspectives related to the theories and practices that have been utilized in the past. Hear about where they see these lessons taking populations in the future.


March 10, 2021 - 1:30p EST

Media, Policy & Perception: Israel's Place in Global Media

Jonathan Wachtel, Michal Cotler-Wunsh (invited), Matti Friedman, Daniel Pomerantz

Join our panel for an in-depth discussion related to media, policy and perception. Our panelists will be discussing a number of different issues related to how media can influence policy and the other way around. Our panelists will also be discussing the impact of this both from an Israeli perspective and global viewpoint. Lastly, the group will discuss what is being done to combat mis-information and what people can do to find reliable sources of media and how to discern factual/reliable information from the latter.

March 24, 2021 - 1:30pm EST

Conflict Resolution: Middle East Peace Agreements & Foundational Trust

Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Robert Mnookin & David Metz

In Part 1 of our conflict resolution sessions, our experts discussed the theory and structures of conflict resolution and ways they can be applied. In Part 2 of this topic, we are joined by additional experts in the field, who will focus on the Middle East. Join us as we discuss the Camp David Peace Accords, signed by Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, leading up to Israel’s recent normalization agreements with the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.


April 28, 2021 - 1:30p EST

Begin and Sadat: The Leaders Who Made Peace Possible

Ed Husain & Gerald Steinberg

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center and the Hidden Light Institute continues its series of webinars with a look back at Israeli-Egyptian peace, and a look forward to the potential for more Israeli-Arab agreements in the wake of the Abraham Accords.

Featuring Professor Gerald Steinberg, author of “Menachem Begin and the Israel-Egypt Peace Process”; and counter-extremism expert Ed Husain, a leading Muslim proponent of Israeli-Arab peace.

July/August 2021 - TBD

Zionism: Modern Day Israel Activism

Eve Barlow, Isaac DeCastro, Ben M. Freeman

Join our panel of vocal zionists as they discuss how and why they utlizie social media platforms to advocate for Israel. Understand the threat of digital antisemtism and the spread of mis-information. Learn about what these individuals do in their lives, on college campuses and in their work life to advocate on behalf of Israel and Jews worldwide.

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